500BestSquareCrabmeat au Gratin @ Bon Ton Cafe

The Bon-Ton is best known for its crawfish dishes. With good reason. However, it is also one of the three or four best restaurants for the eating of crabmeat. They prepare it many different ways, but the star is their crabmeat au gratin. It’s the best version of that dish I’ve had anywhere. The crab is jumbo lump, comes out in a ceramic baking dish bubbling and aromatic, spooned onto your plate by the waitress.


It’s very rich, but–and this is what’s so good about it–it’s not especially cheesy. The sauce is a bechamel with just a touch of cheese, and it comes out a little crusty on top. They always have it, but if you order it when crabmeat is out of season, please don’t let on that you heard about it from me.

Bon Ton Cafe. CBD: 401 Magazine. 504-524-3386.

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  1. Donald j. Ayo on June 25, 2015

    The best true Cajun rest.

  2. Lois & Ken Boagni on March 15, 2016

    Love Bon Ton! One of our favorite places in NO! crabmeat salad & turtle soup great